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Learn why it’s not always a terrible idea to wear cotton outdoors, read what one semester student discovered about valuing bravery over perfection, and see how to make tasty biscuits while camping.

When You Should Wear Cotton in the Outdoors

smiling NOLS student on horseback wearing plaid shirt and chaps
Photo by Nicholette Hilbrich

Many seasoned campers will tell you never to wear cotton outdoors, possibly even referencing the dramatic catchphrase “cotton kills.” But the reality is that there are times when you actually should wear cotton in the backcountry—and it won’t kill you!

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Brave, Not Perfect

smiling NOLS student with outstretched arms on the Baja coast
Photo by Alison Peterson

“Constantly in pursuit of unattainable perfection, I spent a lot of time chalking up my shortcomings to my own inadequacies. My semester in Baja changed that...what I viewed as a lack of ability was really a lack of bravery. Bravery to take a risk, bravery to do what I’ve spent my whole life avoiding: fail.”—Mairin Rogers, Fall Semester in Baja

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Watch: How to Make Savory Biscuits in the Backcountry

NOLS instagram video: how to make savory biscuits in the backcountry

Try out this tasty recipe on your next camping trip! We added cheese to this batch, and encourage you to experiment (hint: adding chocolate chips or dried fruit is a great way to make scones).

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Happy 4th of July! Get 10% Off at the NOLS Store 

smiling backpacker with NOLS pack and t-shirt

Celebrate the 4th with an exclusive discount at the NOLS store! Use the coupon code Happy4th to get 10% off your entire order (limited to one use per customer).

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Don't Miss Out on a Fall Semester Scholarship

three smiling NOLS students raise arms victoriously while backpacking in Patagonia
Photo courtesy of Alex Chang - Cornell Leadership Expedition

It’s time to get outside the classroom and explore the world. Apply now for a need-based scholarship to fund your fall semester with NOLS!

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Fall Semester in India 

NOLS student sits on a bench and writes in a journal in the Indian Himalaya
Photo by Bharat Bhushan

Find new adventures while backpacking in the soaring peaks of the Himalayas. Go whitewater rafting on the River Kali and learn about local culture during your homestay with a local family. Earn an industry-respected Wilderness First Aid certification and grow your leadership skills.

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Adirondack Backpacking, Ages 23+

fall foliage in the Adirondacks with reflection of trees in a glassy lake
Photo by Lindsay Yost

Take a break from your busy routine and spend nine days hiking in the Adirondacks. Enjoy the fall foliage and build the outdoor skills you need to lead your next backcountry trip.

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